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Comprehensive Planning

We provide an integrated approach to creating vibrant, resilient, and equitable places.

Our team has extensive experience developing and updating a wide range of comprehensive plans, including general plans, strategic plans, community plans, and master plans, to address the dynamic challenges of communities, campuses, and special districts throughout California. Ascent is experienced in visioning, scenario planning, creating and testing alternatives, developing graphic and user-friendly documents, and crafting associated zoning and design standards. Our comprehensive planning work includes housing policy, safety elements, environmental justice elements, and equity assessments, all essential to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented, disadvantaged, and vulnerable people. Inclusive engagement is a fundamental part of our work, and Ascent has prepared and executed engagement strategies for many complex and controversial projects. We use a variety of tools and techniques to make participation inclusive, interactive, educational, and fun for everyone while collecting feedback that highlights tradeoffs and informs policy solutions. In addition, we are able to draw upon the full resources of our firm to integrate resiliency, environmental planning, and natural resources planning into our work to streamline the planning process and balance the potential impacts and benefits of alternatives.

  • General plans, community plans, and other comprehensive plans
  • Campus plans and special district plans
  • Equity assessments
  • Environmental justice elements
  • Safety elements
  • Inclusive community engagement, including community engagement plans, meeting and workshop facilitation, real-time polling and interactive surveys, and website design and online tools
San Diego County, California
San Diego County Safety Element Update and New Environmental Justice Element
San Diego, California
City of San Diego Inclusive Public Engagement Guide
Sacramento, California
SMUD East Campus Operations Center Master Plan
Truckee, California
Truckee 2040 General Plan and Downtown Truckee Plan Update
San Diego County, California
SANDAG Technical Assistance Program
San Diego, California
Port of San Diego Master Plan Update

Matthew Gelbman AICP
Senior Urban Planner

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Christine Babla AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Principal – Urban Design + Planning

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  • City of San Diego
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of Sunnyvale
  • City of Elk Grove
  • City of Folsom
  • Town of Truckee
  • California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • Port of San Diego
  • San Diego County
  • Sacramento County
  • Placer County
  • Ventura County
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
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